“Messiah” by Handel

Barcelona, Music

Messiah’s life

This famous oratory was originally composed in London by the German organist and composer Georg Friedrich Händel in 1741, who wrote the entire oratory in only three weeks and then it was released a few months later in Ireland, but had its truly grand premiere at the New Music Hall of Dublin in 1742 for a charity concert.

The play not only deals with the birth of Jesus of Nazareth but with his whole life divided into three acts; The libretto was written by Charles Jennes who conceived the play more as an opera than as an oratory and took several Old Testament verses for the creation of the libretto.

A timeless production

Handel’s “Messiah” is a play usually presented at Christmas for its meaning and the great emotions it provoques to the public when interpreting the recognized choir of Hallelujah, considered one of the greatest musical pieces of all times.

The respected and prestigious music director William Christie will be in charge of conducting the orchestra Les Arts Florissants and his musicians, an orchestra of which he is also the founder. This concert is part of a project with which the Palau de la Música, along with Christie, plans to review the three most recognized oratories of all time: Bach Mass in B minor; Messiah by Handel and The Creation by Joseph Haydn, which is expected to premiere during the 2017-2018 season.

From our hotel in Paseo de Gracia we invite you to enjoy this majestic concert of classical music organized by the Fundació Orfeó Catalá on December 15th at 8.30pm at Palau de la Música.